Jesus as a Magic Trick

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of  Jesus of Nazareth. (Ed. Note: This is the 17th post in Frank Zindler’s Speaking Frankly About Jesus blog which is dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. This is part I of a mini series debunking “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus”.)   Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating! Paragraph eleven of Philip Jenkins’ blog “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus” reads as follows: “The overwhelming… Read more

Gospel Fiction and Magical Nonsense

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of  Jesus of Nazareth. (Ed. Note: This is the 16th post in Frank Zindler’s Speaking Frankly About Jesus blog which is dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. This is part H of a mini series debunking “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus”.)  Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating! Let us take stock: We now have analyzed the first nine paragraphs of Philip Jenkins’ blog “The… Read more

Believing Versus Knowing Jesus (And Both Are Wrong)

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of  Jesus of Nazareth. (Ed. Note: This is the 15th post in Frank Zindler’s Speaking Frankly About Jesus blog which is dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. This is part G of a mini series debunking “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus”.)  Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!  Philip Jenkins tells us that “The writings of Paul can reliably be dated to the year [sic],… Read more

The Illusion of Conviction

Why terrorism is driven more by insecurity than conviction. History’s Misconception From the inception of human civilization, there have been groups of people who think that killing those who are opposed to their ideology is one of the greatest signs that they have conviction in their worldview being true. Some of the most famous examples of this way of thinking took place during the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and Nazi Germany. In recent decades, this idea has been championed by… Read more

The Curious Case of Celebrity Jesus

(Ed. Note: This is the 14th post in Frank Zindler’s Speaking Frankly About Jesus blog which is dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. This is part F of a mini series debunking “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus”.)  Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!  Under the heading “Contemporary writers do not refer to Jesus,” Philip Jenkins comments in his blog “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus”: “That depends [on] what we mean by ‘contemporary.’ In… Read more

Atheist Cruelty Cults: Clicks for Kicks

As always, I’m speaking for myself and my views do not necessarily represent the views of any organization for which I am a past or present member. The internet got interesting this past week for a fellow Patheos blogger, Martin Hughes, over at Barrier Breaker. Martin wrote a piece as a rebuttal against a popular YouTube blogger who calls himself the Amazing Atheist who has developed a giant following mainly by using the internet to post videos that treat people… Read more

Disputing the Indisputable: The Mythology of Jesus

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of  Jesus of Nazareth Frank Zindler’s blog dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. (This is the 13th post of the series Speaking Frankly and part E of a series within the series to debunk claims made in a blog post titled The Myth of the Mythical Jesus). Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating! In his “anxiousbench” blog “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus,” Philip Jenkins… Read more

The Orlando Tragedy: A Faith Based Initiative

Orlando is just the most recent example of religious terrorism in a long, sad stream of similar events. The root cause is faith. Faith is the acceptance of knowledge claims founded in desire rather than evidence. Based in emotion, faith is not a reliable method for determining truth. Satisfying a need for deep emotional comfort and meaning, faith can easily overwhelm evidence, logic, and reason. Believers offer all sorts of rationalizations for their particular faith, but the need for faith… Read more

Will the REAL Jesus Please Stand Up?

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth. Frank Zindler’s blog dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!  In his blog posting “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus,” Philip Jenkins asserted the existence of “a sizable body of writings dating from within a half century of the events described”—meaning the events relating to the earthly misadventures of Jesus of Nazareth. In… Read more

False Claims Feed False Triumphs

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus (Part 11): Continued critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth. Frank Zindler’s blog dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!  In his “anxiousbench” blog “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus,” Philip Jenkins begins his summary of the “evidence” for the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth with the following paragraph: “The affirmative evidence for that existence is easily offered, consisting as… Read more

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